By Kris Jouanne
They came to Paris from Châtillon-sur-Seine, Lodz, Oak Park, and Philadelphia to cross each other’s paths in post-World War I Montparnasse. As muse, lover, friend, Kiki - the Queen of Montparnasse - was important to each of these three men, in different ways.
The inauguration of the new Musée Mendjisky – Ecoles de Paris this spring has plastered Kiki’s face all over Paris and has resurrected the work of the somewhat forgotten Maurice. But if most people know who Hemingway and Man Ray were, who were Kiki and Mendjisky? This short talk will put them into context, showing how their four lives intersected and how Kiki appeared in each man’s art.
Kristine Hoyt Jouanne grew up in Iowa where she did her PhD in French literature. She has been living in France for several years with her daughter and working as an English professor, coach and translator.
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